When we think Halloween decorations, we typically picture cobwebs and fake spiders. But if you're looking for a more grown-up way to decorate for the most haunted day of the year, we have one suggestion: booze. There are a host of spirits out there that are perfect for October 31. (And no, we're not just talking about the restless souls of the undead.) There are plenty of wines, beers, liquors, and ciders to get you in the mood without having to go to a haunted house.
Ahead, 20 bottles to make your bar cart feel totally in the spooky spirit of the season, no cobwebs required (though strongly encouraged.)
Crystal Head's limited-edition Aurora bottle is about as close to rainbow as you can get for Halloween without being
too colorful. Crystal Head Vodka Aurora Limited Edition, $54.99, available at Total Wine.
3 Howls takes its name from the Scottish legend of the Cù-Sìth, a hound that would howl three times before taking souls to the underworld.
3 Howls Navy Strength Gin, $24.99, available at Total Wine.
19 Crimes is an Australian wine featuring actual criminals sent to the colony in the 19th century. The Banished is a dark red blend meant to be sipped slowly and savored.
19 Crimes The Banished Dark Red Blend, $9.99, available at Total Wine.
The devil's cut is a distiller's term for the whiskey that is lost to the barrels during the aging process. Jim Beam captures back some of the lost bourbon, adding richness to the final product in the process.
Jim Beam Devil's Cut Bourbon Whiskey, $26.99, available at Total Wine.
Absinthe has been legal in the U.S. since 2008, and Lucid, with its eerie, bright green eyes, was the first on the market. If you're scared of drinking it straight, consider stirring it up in a Sazerac.
Lucid Absinthe, $45.09, available at Alandia.
Black Magic rum has a deep, dark color to match its name.
Black Magic Dark Spiced Rum, $14.99, available at Shop Wine Direct.
Death Wish Coffee's name comes from its high caffeine content – sip carefully.
Albany Distilling Company Death Wish Coffee Vodka, $39.99, available at Caskers.
Saved's wine label comes from tattoo artist Scott Campbell, and the design plays on occult imagery in a way that's perfect for October.
Saved Red Blend, $25, available at Bottle Collective.
Looking for a truly unique splurge for the horror fan in your life? Guillermo del Toro collaborated with Patrón to create a limited-edition horror chest of aged tequila, his own liqueur, and, of course, two votive candles to really set the mood.
Patrón Patrón x Guillermo del Toro Tequila, $634, available at Old Town Win & Spirits.
Another big ticket item for fans of liquor and horror
– mezcal that was buried in a cemetery to age. (Yes, really.) Mezcal de Leyenda Cementerio Mezcalero, $249.99, available at K&L Wine Merchants.
While the packaging isn't spooky, per se, the name is. "Rolling the bones" is an idiomatic expression for rolling dice that goes back as far as the 14th century.
Tank Garage Winery Roll The Bones Cabernet, $55, available at Tank Garage Winery.
Wine is always a little bit magic, making an alchemy reference the perfect name for a bottle.
Union Wine Company Alchemist Pinot Noir, $28, available at Union Wine Company.
Espolòn's labels all pay tribute to José Guadalupe Posada, a 19th century artist whose striking skull illustrations acted as social commentary.
Espolòn Reposado Tequila, $27.99, available at Drizly.
With notes of chocolate and blackberry, this wine is rich in color and taste.
Apothic Dark Red Blend, $9.37, available at Total Wine.
Ravage wouldn't be out of place on a Lannister bar cart.
Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon, $13.49, available at Total Wine.
A little less scary and a bit more mischievous, this one is perfect for PSL fanatics.
Captain Morgan Jack-O-Blast Rum, $16.99, available at Shop Wine Direct.
Dead Guy Ale is one of Rogue's signature brews, but its look takes a whole new meaning around Halloween.
Rogue Dead Guy Ale, $11.99, available at Total Wine.
Goats appearing on double bock beer labels is a tradition that dates back to a pun that only makes sense in German. Troeg's double bock takes it to a more wicked place, with a goat-man hybrid that looks ready to make trouble.
Troegs Troegenator Double Bock, $12.99, available at Total Wine.
Black Phillip takes its name from the antagonist (that may or may not be the devil) in the 2015 horror movie
The Witch. Blake's Black Phillip Cider, $8.99, available at Binny's.
Don't leave dragons out of your mythic creature fun.
Stormalong The Grand Banks Rum Barrel Aged Cider, $8.99, available at Stormalong.